Who the f*ck is Tori Bailey?
There’s no doubt that Tori is winning the game of life. She’s inspired millions of women to stick two fingers up at convention with her bestselling memoir, and she has the perfect relationship to boot.
But Tori Bailey is living a lie.
Everyone around her is getting married and having babies, but her long-term boyfriend won’t even talk about getting engaged. And when her best friend Dee – her plus one, the only person who understands the madness – falls in love, suddenly Tori’s in terrifying danger of being left behind.
When the world tells you to be one thing and turning thirty brings with it a loud ticking clock, it takes courage to walk your own path.
It’s time for Tori to practice what she’s preached, but the question is: is she brave enough?
Doing a bit of ‘beat the backlog’ this month and enjoying selecting books to read that have sat on my bookshelf for a while. This one, How Do You Like Me Now by Holly Bourne ‘called’ out to me over several days and made it onto the monthly TBR and I read it this week.
An engaging and contemporary read; Tori wrote a book following a life crisis aged 25 when she realised she was ‘going with the flow’ even whilst travelling the world, she was only doing what everyone else was doing. In a ‘fuck it’ moment she did her own thing, met an amazing man, ‘the one’ and told her story, becoming famous and living a public life with ‘rock man’ the perfect life, the perfect relationship as lived by the woman famous for telling the truth.
Except it’s not the truth and Tori is sad, but stuck in the world that everyone else believes in. Tori is a great character and I enjoyed the format of this novel which was predominantly told in the first person voice of Tori but interspersed with social media posts and texts. On the surface Tori has it all, she is confident, beautiful, slim, successful; the list goes on, but she is under immense pressure to adhere to this persona even though it is in stark contrast to what propelled her into the fore.
The author writes insightfully about the relationship between Tori and Tom and while I felt sorry for Tori in the most part, the couples’ struggles were sympathetically written despite some aspects of them that felt difficult to read about and experience Tori’s hurt.
This is a book about women in their 30’s, families, babies, careers, friendships, relationships and while Tori was struggling to be publicly honest about where she was at, I liked how the author revealed this to the reader. I found this to be a fast and entertaining read, light but packing in some serious and thought provoking issues. Well written and authentic, with a strong ending which always impresses me! This one has been out for a while now but I’m glad I finally picked it up off my shelf. Have you read any Holly Bourne? Do you think you will be picking this one up?
Thanks as always for reading.
About the Author
Holly Bourne is a bestselling author. She is passionate about gender equality and mental health.
How Do You Like Me Now? is her debut adult novel.